Urukunda Eranna Swamy Temple is a famous temple in the Urukunda Village of Kowthalam Mandalam. Pilgrims believe that Errana is the most powerful God. Urukunda Eranna Swamy Temple is also called Sri Narasimha Eranna Swamy Temple. Both Sri Veerabadra Swamy and Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy are worshipped as per the Veera Saiva tradition in the temple. There is a Peepal tree inside the Sanctum Sanctorum, this temple has no roof.
Every year during shravan month festivals are conducted. Mondays and Thursdays of this month are considered auspicious to visit the temple and worship the God here. The third Monday of Shravan month is considered most auspicious to worship lord Veeranna & Sri Narasimha Swamy. It is estimated that 10 to 15 lakh people visit this temple during Shravan month every year. Devotees take bath here at Tunngabadra river canal and cook food here itself and offer the same to God. The offered food to God is distributed to other devotees as Prasad.
Shravan month comes in rainy season and the land will be generally wet during this month. It is believed that only due to the power of God, fire breaks out and the food gets cooked though it is cooked on wet land. The last part of the festival is called 'Yeti Yatra'. On last Monday of Shravan month, the lord statue is kept in a chariot and taken by walk to Tungabhadra river which is 15 Km away from temple. After abhishekam of lords statue at Tungabhadra river the chariot is welcomed grandly by all the villages on the way back to the temple. On this day running race, kolata and other local games were played in these villages.
On Mondays, Thursdays and on New Moon (Amavashya) days large number pilgrims visit this temple to offer prayers. Local Marriage ceremonies starts from this temple.
Festivals Celebrated in Eranna Swamy Temple:
Mahasivaratri – Maha Rudrabhishekam
Ugadi – Special Alankarana to the God and Panchanga Sravanam
Dasara – Special alankarana for nine days
Kartheeka Masam – Special alankarana for one month
Sravana Masam – Special alankarana for one month.
The Temple is open for pilgrims from 5.30 AM to 8.00 PM.